Of Bedroom Furniture, Bat Houses, and the Felling of Trees

Hello again friends of Middle Earth!

Crazy title I know. It’s not easy coming up with these things at times. Other times I’m full of ideas.

But I’m going to have to keep this one short because it’s Easter Sunday and we’re heading to my Mother’s house for the day. It’s not an excuse it’s just a fact. I did pick up some time because I didn’t have to hide any Easter baskets this year. I happen to be an ace at hiding Easter baskets. Either I’m an ace or my kids were just poor lookers. I think it’s a combination of both. They always complained to the Editor when they couldn’t find the baskets. I would have to give them hints as to what room they should be looking in. I mean what’s up with that? How’s that fair? I was told to limit the field to two levels of the house. Geez.

Well let’s get back to business. The unfortunate thing is my smart phone camera couldn’t take any pictures. It was overloaded somehow. Okay, I’ll admit it. I don’t really know how to use my smartphone. I can do just  the basic stuff like text and make a phone call. I’m mocked by quite a few people for my ignorance including my children. What can I tell you. That’s me. Anyway, so I take my phone to son numero two and ask him for help and he can’t figure it out. Somehow I’ve got over 9000 pictures on my phone and I have no idea how they got there. They’re all albums from our computer from the last 12 years and you can’t edit them out for some reason.

So what I’m telling you is that I didn’t get the pictures I wanted to this week. Sorry.

But let’s start at the beginning.

Friday……Good Friday…..I had the day off!!!! Yea!!! All I wanted to do was relax for one day. Guess who I see pulling down my driveway at 9:30 in the morning? I’ll give you three guesses. And one of them isn’t Frodo Baggins of the Shire.

That’s right. My Mother-in-Law.  Better put my fake smile on.

So we got some bedroom furniture delivered the other day. Just some of it, the night tables. You know the small ones that go on the side of your bed. The ones that you put your socks and underwear in. Right? Right. I knew you were on the same playing field as me on this one. So, you-know-who comes in to do her examination of the stuff we got and then proceeds to go on a rant about the fact that  I should be putting my socks and underwear in my night table.  Gee, thanks for the help. I was really wrestling with that one. I was kind of thinking of putting breakfast cereals in the top drawer and canned goods in the bottom one. Whew. That would have been a big mistake. Thank God my mother-in-Law showed up to help me out!

Balance of Friday was spent clearing brush with son Jude out back on the home front. Terence told me the other day that he couldn’t get back to the Hobbit Shed because all these trees had come down on the path to it. I went back there Friday and couldn’t believe how many trees were down. (Huge wind storm a couple of weeks back.) So Jude and I spent the better part of three hours cutting trees up and fixing up things. I was exhausted  by the end of the day.

Which brings me to Saturday.

I headed over to the house around 11am and started working on the windows. I really wanted to put the bat house up today. So I figured I would have Jude use the post hole digger and the heavy bar to dig the hole for the post. (For the record: When the excavation guy did the septic system he had to take down the bat house and put it on the side.) Anyway, Jude and Terence show up around 12 and I show Jude where to start digging. Not 5 minutes into it I hear, “Hey Dad, the post hole digger broke.” What?!?!?!?!?! This was a practically brand new post hole digger. I bought it like two or three years ago and never really used it. How does one break a new post hole digger? I had to send him to get a new one. I’ve got to have my insect control in place within the next few weeks. That’s super important

Ever notice how when you send one of your children to the store with some cash for an item you have to ask them for the change? I gave him $60 and the tool only cost about $36. Can someone please tell me why I have to ask for my change back?????

Well we did get the bat house up so that was great. I also finished framing over the first exterior window. I’ve got it down to a science now. It took a couple of tries but then I got into a nice rhythm and knocked it out pretty quick. While I was doing that I had Terence cut out nails that were left behind in the ceiling, and Jude removed some plywood in the ceiling as well.

News flash: I think I’m going to have to destroy this computer that I’m using because it’s Monday afternoon 5:22PM and I still can’t download the pictures I want to show you. Very, very annoying. So I’m going to take a deep breath and chaulk  this one up to I don’t know what. I guess I’ll have to give it a go next week. I really am at a loss right now.

Apologies to those who like to read the blog on Monday morning.

What an aggravating way to end a blog. Hopefully the rest of the week will cooperate with me a bit more than my computer. See ya next week.




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